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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 29 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-15-CU Commando
Operator:United States Army Air Force - USAAF
Registration: 44-78226
MSN: 33622
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) N of Lo-tien-Chen (   China)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:Jinan Airport (TNA/ZSTN), China
Destination airport:Shanghai-Jiangwan Airport, China
All eight passengers and four crew bailed out at night, when the crew was unable to find Shanghai-Jiangwan Airfield (then known as Kiangwan) in thick fog.
The occupants came down in the Yangtze River and two bodies were found in March 1946.

» Evening Star 30 January 1946, p1
» The Victoria Advocat 8 March 1946, p7


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